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Facts about Chlorine and Disinfection Byproducts in Our Water

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

To protect our drinking water from disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, municipal water suppliers add a disinfectant to our water supply.  Chlorine is the most widely used chemical for water disinfection and has significantly reduced the incidences of waterborne diseases in the United States and many other countries worldwide by killing most microorganisms and providing our families with much safer drinking water.  However, new questions have arisen about the health effects from bathing, showering and swimming in chlorinated water and, most importantly, drinking chlorinated water.  

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

Raw Honey Face Wash: Simple and effective cleanser for all skin types

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Natural skin care is not an easy subject to navigate. Scrolling through dizzyingly long lists of DIY recommendations, it can be difficult to decipher what options will work, and which are just plain useless. Homemade oatmeal masks, sugar scrubs, green tea washes... how are you supposed to know what to try? After all, everyone has a different skin type with varying treatment needs. That's why we love the simple age-old tradition of honey cleansing, a gentle and effective face washing technique that requires just one ingredient and is universally beneficial for all skin types. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Tap Water & Pregnancy: Know the facts

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

The Falmouth, Massachusetts Board of Health recently cautioned pregnant women in their first and second trimesters about a drinking water test result that could affect their babies' birth weights and increase the risk of early deliveries. Water test results showed increased levels of two disinfection byproducts, showing that levels were above the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is not the first time that a situation like this has occurred. A flurry of such frightful findings throughout the United States has raised serious concerns about the safety and monitoring of public drinking water supplies, bringing up many important questions about additives. What are these disinfection byproducts? Why are they in our drinking water? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it?

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

Sizing a Whole House Water System

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Water usage in your family’s home can be quite variable and is affected by many factors including the number of adults and children living in your home, the age of your children, your home’s size as well as the number of bathrooms.  It is often difficult to measure water usage since the amount of water used for cooking, bathing, showering and cleaning varies in every home and depends on the water fixtures and appliances installed in your home.  For example, we all know that teenagers tend to take longer showers and newborn babies create a lot of laundry!  However, information from a number of reliable sources estimates that a family of four typically uses from about 150 gallons per day all the way up to 400 gallons per day!  Several studies have shown that the average indoor water use in the U.S. is about 50 gallons per person per day.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

DIY Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

I want to let you in on a little secret: lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, whether you are awe inspiring-ly creative or DIY-leery, you (yes, you) can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all. This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Water Filtration vs. Purification – Get the Facts!

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

To create truly pure water in the home setting, water that is physically, chemically and energetically pure, requires just the right set of conditions be brought together in just the right way. At a minimum, these include practical use of filtration and purification technologies along with a scientific understanding of water and how nature intended it to be.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

8 Reasons to Consider a Whole House Water Filter

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Our water quality is being severely impacted with each passing day whether we know it or not. Contaminants from a myriad of sources continue to enter into our water supplies at an alarming rate either by accident, incident, runoff or intentional chemical treatment.  Good water is essential for your body’s health.  Remove what’s lurking in your water!  Whole house water treatment systems are an excellent choice for homeowners who want to make their water more suitable for drinking, bathing, laundry and other household uses while attacking the problem at the point of entry to their home. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

5 Reasons to Start Oil Pulling

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

You have a dirty mouth. No, I am not referring to your vocabulary choices silly, but rather the many microorganisms that can be found hiding between your pearly whites, and hanging out on the slick surfaces of your tongue and gums. Whether you like it or not, there are billions of happy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that naturally take up residence in the warm and saliva-y habitat of your mouth. In order to prevent disease and keep your smile shining however, it is important to keep these busy little buggers in check. The age-old method of oil pulling may be the crucial missing step in your oral health care regimen. 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Avoid Toxins

DIY Sea Salt & Lavender Texturizing Spray

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

There is so much to love about the beach. The rolling lullaby of the waves, the warm glow of the sun falling onto your shoulders and lacy traces of salt and sand left on your skin-- it's a bit of all-natural, outdoor therapy for the body and mind. Go ahead: close your eyes and dream about it for a moment. Mmm. The sea breeze, a collection of purple shells in your palm...I could go on and on. But not to worry, summer is almost here! And in the meantime, you can bring a hint of delightful ocean-ness into your life with this nourishing and texturizing DIY sea salt hair spray. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

5 Things You Should Know About EMFs

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

We love technology. From making calls on our beeping, buzzing cell phones to clicking around in the dream-world of Facebook, many of us are addicted to the glitz and glow of screens. The digital world is captivating and steadily growing. Advances in technology over the past 15 years have completely transformed social patterns, altered the ways we teach and learn, expanded communication channels and created major shifts in business practices (and yes, the irony of typing this paragraph into an internet article is not lost on me). But the very mobile tools that we have come to treasure and depend on may actually be silently devastating our health. Studies indicate the the ambient electromagnetic fields generated by appliances, broadcasting networks and cellular devices could actually be quite problematic for the body and mind.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

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